Leave No Trace™

Leave No Trace (LNT) provides research, education and initiatives so every person who ventures outside can protect and enjoy our world responsibly.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

Plan Ahead & Prepare

Adequate trip planning and preparation helps backcountry travelers accomplish trip goals safely and enjoyably, while simultaneously minimizing damage to the land.

Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces

The goal of travel in the outdoors is to move through natural areas while avoiding damage to the land or waterways.

Dispose of Waste Properly

LNT encourages outdoor enthusiasts to consider the impacts that they leave behind, which will undoubtedly affect other people, water and wildlife.

Leave What You Find

Allow others a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.

Minimize Campfire Impacts

Fires vs. Stoves: The use of campfires, once a necessity for cooking and warmth, is steeped in history and tradition.

Yet, the natural appearance of many areas has been degraded by the overuse of fires and an increasing demand for firewood.

Respect Wildlife

Learn about wildlife through quiet observation. Do not disturb wildlife or plants just for a “better look.” Observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee. 

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

One of the most important components of outdoor ethics is to maintain courtesy toward other visitors. It helps everyone enjoy their outdoor experience. 

The Basics

In order to get good on following and teaching the principles of Leave No Trace, it is a smart idea to start small.

Here is a handy document on learning (and mastering!) the basics of LNT.

Training Courses

Leave No Trace offers three tiers of courses that volunteers can register for. These courses expand education and outreach in the outdoor ethics principles adopted by the BSA.

Awareness Workshop

These entry-level, Leave No Trace courses are typically one to three hours long, but can be up to a full day in length.

Trainer Course

Participants in the two-day Trainer Course learn Leave No Trace skills and ethics as well as techniques for educating others about these low impact practices.

Master Educator Course

The five-day Master Educator Course is the most comprehensive education course. Participants are provided with in-depth training on Leave No Trace skills and ethics through practical application during a field-based course.